Advanced Geothermal Research and Development Act - H.R.5374 / Advanced Geothermal Innovation Leadership (AGILE) Act - S.2657

"To establish and support advanced geothermal research and development programs at the Department of Energy, and for other purposes."
Primary Sponsors
Reps. Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) / Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Final outcome

House Science Committee approved H.R.5374 by voice vote

Actions on the House bill
House Science Committee approved amended bill by voice vote
Bill introduced
Actions on the Senate bill
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved amended bill by voice vote
Bill introduced
Status update

S.2657 was designated in February 2020 as the intended vehicle for the American Energy Innovation Act, which incorporates the AGILE Act and is listed as a separate Bill Tracker entry. However, that plan was not carried out following an unsuccessful floor vote on March 9, 2020.

Relevant FYI Bulletins

A product of two years of legislative work, the Energy Act of 2020 overhauls policy across the Department of Energy’s applied energy and fusion R&D programs, including by recommending substantial funding increases and greatly expanding efforts aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

The House passed a sweeping energy policy reform package last month that includes expansive new direction to the Department of Energy’s applied R&D programs and recommends significant funding increases for renewable energy, fission and fusion energy, and carbon capture.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s long-awaited energy innovation legislation is in limbo after a dispute broke out during floor debate over proposed add-on provisions.

The budgets for the Department of Energy’s applied R&D offices are all increasing in fiscal year 2020, in most cases by large amounts. The increases include new funding for negative emissions technologies and a major advanced nuclear reactor demonstration program.